The King and I

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The King and I  comes to the London Palladium as director Bartlett Sher brings his Lincoln Center Theater production direct from Broadway. The show stars Kelli O'Hara as Anna and Ken Watanabe as the King, both reprising their roles from the 2015 New York run. 

Based on the Margaret Landon novel Anna and the King of Siam, Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the musical for Broadway in 1951. It tells the story of a British teacher, Ana, who is hired by the King of Siam as he tried to modernise his country, but the pair’s relationship is marred by conflict throughout the musical. It features the well-known numbers “Something Wonderful”, “I Whistle a Happy Tune”, “I Have Dreamed” and “Shall We Dance?”.

It opened at the St James Theatre and was expected to be a hit, which worried the writing duo. However, their worries were put to rest when Yul Brynner, who played the King, put in a show-stealing performance and Gertrude Lawrence, who originated the role of Anna, overcame illness to put in an outstanding performance.

The original London production opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in October 1953, and ran for 946 performances. The cast featured Muriel Smith, Herbert Lom, and Valerie Hobson, for whom it was her last stage role.

The show has run at the London Palladium twice before. Brynner reprised the role for a run at the theatre in 1979, for which is co-star Virginia McKenna starred as Anna and won an Olivier Award. It returned in March of 2000, directed by Christopher Renshaw. Elaine Paige starred with Jason Scott Lee, and the show was nominated for the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical.

Bartlett Sher’s production will star six-time tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara as Anna, and Ken Watanabe, who made his Broadway debut in the production, as the King. It will run at the London Palladium from June 2018.


The King and I running time: 
2 hours 55 minutes
1 video 7 images
The King and I Child Policy:
Suitable for age 5+.
Oscar Hammerstein
Bartlett Sher
Songs by:
Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein (lyrics)
Cast list:
Ken Watanabe, Kelli O'Hara
The King and I Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Thursday, 21 June, 2018
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 3 July, 2018
Available from: 
Thursday, 21 June, 2018
Saturday, 4 August, 2018
Booking to: 
Saturday, 29 September, 2018

London Palladium

8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF
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Latest The King and I News & Features

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Dean John-Wilson joins cast of The King and I at London Palladium
Friday, March 16, 2018

Dean John-Wilson will join Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in The King and I at the London Palladium, which has been extended due to high demand. John-Wilson played the title role in Aladdin when it opened at the Prince Edward Theatre, and Na-Young Jeon will play the young lovers Lun Tha and Tuptim when it comes to the London Palladium from 21st June.

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Further casting and extension announced for The King and I at the London Palladium
Friday, January 19, 2018

Further casting and an extension have been announced for the upcoming London Palladium production of The King and I.  Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles will join the previously announced Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in the role of Lady Thiang in Bartlett Sher’s production, which has extended its booking period to 8th September 2018. 

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Details confirmed for The King and I at the London Palladium in 2018
Friday, November 17, 2017

Details have been confirmed for the West End transfer of Bartlett Sher’s production on The King and I, which will open at the London Palladium in 2018.  Sher’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical stars Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, who will both reprise their roles as Anna and The King. The pair were both nominated for Tony Awards during the Broadway run in 2015, with O’Hara going on to win the award for Best Leading Actress. 

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The King and I set for London Palladium run in 2018
Friday, October 13, 2017

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I is set for a West End run at the London Palladium, starting in June 2018, according to the Daily Mail.  Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center Theater production is set to transfer with cast members Kelli O’Hara, who won a Tony Award for her role as Anna, and Ken Watanabe, who made his Broadway debut in the musical. The production will begin previews at the Palladium form 21st June 2018, booking until 4th August.

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